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PRESS PHOTO BY LOU WHEELAND Lehigh County Commissioner Scott Ott chats with Joyce Deily, of South Whitehall Township, about his candidacy for county executive. PRESS PHOTO BY LOU WHEELAND Lehigh County Commissioner Scott Ott chats with Joyce Deily, of South Whitehall Township, about his candidacy for county executive.

Scott Ott announces bid for county executive

Thursday, March 7, 2013 by LOU WHEELAND Special to The Press in Local News

Lehigh County Commissioner Scott Ott, a Republican, announced his candidacy for Lehigh County executive recently in front of a room full of supporters at the Hamilton Family Restaurant, Allentown.

This is the second time Ott is seeking this office.

In 2009, he lost his rookie bid for Lehigh County executive against incumbent Don Cunningham by 862 votes out of 41,000 cast. Ott ran for county commissioner at that time citing the county's overspending and the 16-percent tax hike as motivation.

"Raising the price of government on the hard-working taxpayers of Lehigh County is simply not the answer," Ott said during that campaign.

Ott, a writer, has served as executive director of the Lehigh County Republican Committee.

He and his wife are the parents of four.

For five years (2004-2009) Ott served as executive director of Victory Valley Camp, a Christian Children's camp, where he used his two decades of experience in small business and marketing to tame the budget, improve the facilities and streamline the customer experience.

In addition, he led the board of directors to restructure the operation and re-write the governance manual.

Ott's community involvement over the years includes starting a nonprofit organization to rescue and restore an historic theater, helping to protect victims of rape and domestic violence as a volunteer and chairman of The Abuse Network, volunteering to read with special needs children in public schools and coaching boys basketball.